Collective Bargaining at SFU in 2019

Starting in 2019, SFU will enter into collective bargaining with all of its employee groups, along with other public sector employers in British Columbia. This page is intended to be a collective bargaining information resource for employees at SFU and will be updated throughout the bargaining process, along with the Faculty Relations and Human Resources websites.

SFU is the well-regarded, respected institution it is today because of the dedicated and talented faculty and staff who work here. The university is entering into  collective bargaining with a collaborative approach to working with our union and professional association partners. We are committed to negotiating with integrity and in a manner that builds trust between the institution, its employees, and the unions and professional associations who represent them.

Employee groups

SFU has five employee groups (in alphabetical order):

  • Administrative and Professional Staff Association (APSA), includes all professional and administrative staff (including executive and excluded positions)
  • CUPE Local 3338, includes clerical, technical, support, library and other positions s
  • PolyParty, includes employees from eight different trade unions (carpenters and joiners, electrical workers, operating engineers, painters and allied trades, plumbers and pipefitters, machinists, teamsters, and construction and specialized workers)
  • Simon Fraser University Faculty Association (SFUFA), includes faculty, librarians, archivists and other academic staff
  • Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU), includes teaching assistants, tutor markers, sessional instructors, graduate facilitators in the Student Learning Commons and the English Language and Culture/Interpretation and Translation Program instructors (ELC/ITP)

Bargaining mandate and process

Provincial mandate

Public sector bargaining in British Columbia is governed by the Provincial Government, through the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat (PSEC). SFU’s collective bargaining mandate is set by the Provincial Government, through the 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate, as well as by SFU's Strategic Vision and the priorities laid out in the SFU Academic Plan for 2019-2024.

The Provincial Government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate is focused on three core areas:

  • Improving the services people count on
  • Making life more affordable, and
  • Building a strong and sustainable economy

The University’s approach to collective bargaining will balance the needs of each employee group within the guidelines prescribed by the Provincial Government’s Mandate.

The key elements of the mandate are:

  • Three-year term
  • General wage increases of 2% in each year
  • The ability to negotiate conditional and modest funding that can be used to drive tangible improvements for British Columbians

The University's approach to collective bargaining will balance the needs of each employee group within the guidelines prescribed by the Provincial Government's Mandate.


Each of SFU’s employee groups has a collective agreement which expires either at the end of 2018 or during 2019. Once agreements expire, each union or professional association notifies the university of its intent to negotiate a new agreement.

In preparation for bargaining to begin, the university is required to submit bargaining plans to the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat (PSEC) for approval, as they oversee all public sector human resources. The plans are informed by SFU’s Strategic Vision, the 2019-2024 Academic Plan, PSEC’s 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate, and extensive pre-bargaining consultations with the Provost, Deans, Deans’ Advisory Committees, and key administrative staff with involvement from the Vice-President, Academic and Faculty Relations.

The SFU collective bargaining teams for faculty and staff groups have a great depth of experience and knowledge, and include broad representation from each employee group.

The University’s collective bargaining team for faculty, librarians and other academic staff is led by Faculty Relations, and includes Deans and Associate Deans from various faculties.

Collective bargaining for staff groups (CUPE, TSSU, Poly Party and APSA) is led by the Labour Relations team in Human Resources, with participation from representatives in supervisory and management roles across the University.

Bargaining updates

You can stay up to date with the progress of bargaining through the "Bargaining Bulletins" here:

Contact us

Faculty Relations:

Human Resources: